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New to Cryptocurrencies? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

August 3, 2020

Cryptocurrency is a virtual currency used for either trading or transacting. If you are a beginner in the world of digital currencies, then it is important to be well-informed about some key aspects, to be both benefitted and protected by such currencies.

1. What is cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is similar to existing tangible currencies such as a US Dollar, except that it exists online. Cryptocurrencies use encryption methods for their generation and use. Blockchain technology ensures that cryptocurrency data remains secure.

2. How does cryptocurrency work in practice?

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Cryptocurrencies are usually not issued by any central authority. Such currencies are issued by companies.

These digital currencies are referred to as tokens in practice (for example, the BAX tokens from BABB). These tokens can be used for transactions with the company. The first step to buying cryptocurrencies is exchanging your real currency for the former. Some companies may require you to pay in cryptocurrencies only and not in traditional currencies for such exchange. Once you buy a cryptocurrency, you would need an online wallet to store it. You can own an online wallet by downloading a wallet app. If you are buying cryptocurrencies as an investment, you can visit a reliable trading exchange online to buy the currency. Some trading exchange companies allow you to only trade in cryptocurrencies while others allow you to trade and store your currencies.

3. What is cryptocurrency encryption?

Cryptography is the encryption used for cryptocurrencies. Encryption ensures that cryptocurrencies are not counterfeited. Every cryptocurrency is encrypted, meaning encoded so that the original currency information is shielded online. This information can be decoded – converted into original plain text – only by authorized currency users in the network.  

4. How valuable are cryptocurrencies?

These statistics show the total capitalization value of cryptocurrencies at $201 billion. There are about 5, 392 cryptocurrencies that are currently being traded. The global market is estimated to reach a value of $1.40 billion in 2024; bitcoin cryptocurrency is expected to dominate the market share.  

5. Why do cryptocurrencies generate such interest in people?

There are multiple reasons behind the rising popularity of cryptocurrencies:

  • Lack of interference from centralized monetary authorities makes cryptocurrencies interesting for some people. This independence from a centralized authority ensures that the value of the currencies is not reduced over time due to inflation. The same cannot be said about traditional currencies, which experience decreased value over time.
  • Cryptocurrencies such are very popular because they are considered as dominant currencies of the future. Enthusiasts are keener on purchasing them before their value increases.
  • The secure technology backing cryptocurrencies is another attractive factor. Blockchain technology, which is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, enables decentralized processing.
  • Decentralized processing ensures that no single system or server in the currency network exercises control over the network. Every user or system in the network is an individual owner of the data and thus processes currency data individually. This form of decentralization eliminates the risk of a single-point failure, which otherwise can affect the entire network.  
  • Some people are interested in cryptocurrencies solely for their investment value.

6. Is investing in cryptocurrencies advisable?

Every investment carries its own risks. Cryptocurrency investment is usually considered riskier than other investments according to experts. Some reasons for this reputation of cryptocurrencies include:

  • Lack of any concrete cashflow in cryptocurrency transactions. There can be a profit only when someone pays more than what you did for the currency.
  • Lack of stability on the currency. Cryptocurrencies are vulnerable to extreme value variations – sudden increase and decrease. Currency stability is crucial for transactions because only then can merchants determine the right price for their goods or services.

However, given the current market value of cryptocurrencies as mentioned above, the fact also remains that they are hot commodities for investment. Some of the best ways to ensure that you profit from cryptocurrency investments include:

  • Choosing only reliable cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • Choosing the most reliable cryptocurrency wallet to store your currency.
  • Spreading your investment across different cryptocurrencies instead of a single currency.
  • Being prepared for the extreme lows and highs of the cryptocurrency market.

7. How legal are cryptocurrencies?

The use of cryptocurrencies is legal in many countries, including America, Turkey, South Africa, and Nigeria. These are the countries where cryptocurrencies are banned:

  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Bolivia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bangladesh
  • Qatar
  • Vietnam
  • Vanuatu
  • The Republic of Macedonia
  • Algeria

In countries such as India, Indonesia, China, Morocco, Nepal, Morocco, Ecuador, and Zambia, cryptocurrency usage is legal but restricted. Knowledge of the legality of cryptocurrencies is crucial to reduce the risk of fraud.

8. What are the factors to watch out for before buying cryptocurrencies?

The best way to protect oneself from fraudsters is to choose cryptocurrency companies wisely.

  • Know more about the owners of the company. Is the company owned by a well-known brand? Ownership by well-known brands is preferable.
  • Check if there are well-known investors onboard. Even if the ownership is held by an unknown brand, having a well-known brand as an investor on board is a good sign. If a well-known brand is willing to invest in the company, then the trust factor is increased.
  • Find out if the company already has the currency, or is in the process of developing the currency. It is always better to go for a company with its currencies in place rather than in the process of development.
  • Read the company’s terms and conditions, and its prospectus in detail before buying or investing in its cryptocurrency.

It is crucial to understand the risks and benefits inherent to cryptocurrencies before using them to further your financial goals.

If you are a currency expert looking for a reliable cryptocurrency platform, then get BABB and try our platform. If you are a beginner, then we recommend that you visit our website to know about our crypto-based financial services and the reliable blockchain technology that makes our crypto-network a success.

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